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APOLOGIES WON’T WORK

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On Tuesday, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he accepted “total responsibility” for the teams woeful performance.

“We’re several games under .500, so the answer to that question has to be we’re not satisfied and the work we’ve done hasn’t been successful … Scoring runs at the anemic rate that we have, is something hasn’t worked. From that standpoint, I take total responsibility for where we are. I am not happy about it, but at the same time, the job is to figure out how to fix it and improve it.”

Today, following another brilliant performance by Jacob deGrom and another inept offensive output, the team is making public apologies to their ace. Todd Frazier said he approached deGrom after Thursday’s loss and told him:

“Dude, I am sorry. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know why we’re not producing for him.”

That’s nice.

I am sure deGrom appreciated the thoughtful comment. Deep down he would have preferred the team show their appreciation by scoring a few runs, at least once in a while. That hasn’t happened much at all this season.

deGrom exited Wednesday’s matinee after seven innings pitched, 86 pitches, one earned run and seven strikeouts, lower his season ERA to 1.55. Here are a few other stats:

  • Since April 21, deGrom has allowed six earned runs in 10 starts.
  • The Mets are 2-8 in deGrom’s last 10 starts
  • deGrom is 2-2 over his last 10 starts
  • Over his last 10 starts, deGrom has pitched 62 1/3 innings allowing six earned runs
  • His ERA since April 21: 0.87
  • The Mets have scored a total of 19 runs for deGrom since April
  • Over his first three starts of the season, deGrom was 3-0 and the team scored 22 runs

The Mets have now lost 10 of their last 11 and since starting the season 11-1, have the worst record in baseball over the past two months (16-35). Injuries, bullpen meltdowns and lack of offense are the reason the Mets sit eight games under .500 (27-36), in fourth place, 9 1/2 games behind the surprising Atlanta Braves in the National League East.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for another Yoenis Cespedes-like deal. In fact, don’t expect the Mets to make any trades over the next several weeks. The business of baseball won’t allow it to happen. If the Mets begin “selling” now you are, in essence, waving the white flag on the 2018 season. The Mets front office will wait as long as possible before signaling to fans, season ticket holders and corporate sponsors that the product is broken. There is such a time for this to happen — July 31 — the trade deadline.

The plan has backfired. The Mets have fallen off the competitive radar. Since 2016, the team has gone from a young, athletic team full of talent and prospects to the second oldest MLB roster full of injuries and immovable pieces.

Stop apologizing. Stop shouldering the blame. None of that matters now. It’s up to this Mets team, for better or worse, to dig themselves out of the hole and finish the season on a respectful note.

The only solution is to win baseball games.

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By John Strubel
Freelance Journalist

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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